Evie Walker is going home. Caring for her father who is dying of cancer won't be easy. The world around her is crumbling into chaos. She lost her mother in a suicide bombing in Seattle. Rationing and roadblocks checkpoints are back. Nations are rising up and starting a war. But for Evie, her father's old house, passed down through a few generations, holds more than memories.
In the basement, someplace she really never thought much about nor cared to go, is a storeroom for magic. Things from epics and fairy tales alike. Glass slippers and golden fleece, but not everything from the past is there. Some want to find a way in.
The storeroom will be hers, and protecting the treasures a first priority. Some of the things inside are too powerful to let fall into the wrong hands. The room, and house, are protected by strong magic, but that doesn't mean that nothing can find a way in.
Evie is good protagonist. The love for her father and the helplessness she faces in his illness are clearly evident. She seems a real person and not the cookie-cutter wonder woman of a lot of novels. Her family has been guardians of the storeroom for millennia.
She meets a stranger calling himself Alex. She waffles about trusting him, but has little choice at times. Alex, to me, is fascinating. His story, as Vaughn crafts it, could be told in a whole book of it's own. Taking a brief character from Virgil's Aeneid, and giving him life. For his tale alone, you should read the book.
The end may not be quite what is expected, but I liked it nonetheless. It seemed a bit slow in some spots to begin with, but picks up. There is a bit of romance, but I wouldn't categorize this as such.
I have to say, I'm glad I picked this up.
Overall Rating : ♣♣♣♣
Storyline - ♣♣♣♣
Hero - ♣♣♣♣♣
Heroine - ♣♣♣♣
Romance Heat - ♣♣
Setting - ♣♣♣